India Conveys Displeasure To UK Over Miliband's Remark

20 January 2009
The Indian Express

New Delhi: After UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband ruffled feathers here by linking the Kashmir issue with terrorism, India conveyed its disagreement to Britain through diplomatic channels on Wednesday and is treating the matter as a closed chapter. 'In our normal diplomatic channel what is proper and just we have done it and now it is a closed chapter,' External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in New Delhi on the sidelines of a function organised by FICCI. He was asked whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had written a letter to his British counterpart Gordon Brown over Miliband's observations. Reports had it that Singh had written a letter to Brown over the British Foreign Secretary's comments linking resolution of Kashmir issue to terrorism in the region. Mukherjee said when the Foreign Secretary from UK visited India he had shared his perception about the situation with him and the Indian delegation. 'I equally told him and all the interlocutors that this is your perception and we do not share it,' he said, adding that there was no question of giving anyone a cold shoulder. In an article in a British newspaper Miliband had written that resolution of the Kashmir issue would deny extremists in the region one of the main reasons for taking up arms prompting the External Affairs Ministry to point out that it did not need any 'unsolicited advice' on Kashmir. Miliband had also put his faith in the Pakistani judicial system by suggesting that Pakistanis wanted in connection with the Mumbai attacks should be tried in that country itself to give its judicial system a chance.